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Inhabitants of Main Street.
In 1939 the following people were named as living on Main
Street Emyvale. I can give some up-to-date information on
some of them but if you can add to the information we would
appreciate it. Information added will appear in red.
Dr. Leonard, doctor and coroner. (lived where current Doctor
Watters now lives but he moved out to the bungalow near Sruth
Charles McCluskey PC and M.C.C.: fantastic business man
and entrepreneur. He was responsible for a huge number of
developments around North Monaghan, including the setting up
of Emyvale Development Association and the development of
the boot/shoe making in Mullan Mills. He had the big shop
where Centra is now and also a grain store, where the priest’s
house is on the Glaslough Road. He was a great poet and I will
post some of his work soon. His gardens, which were looked
after by Fred Majnone (Kevin’s father) were beautiful and open
to the public one day every year with funds raised going to a
local charity. Francie Treanor, Gerry Murphy and Eugene Gilbride
have been owners of the shop before Glyn Williams. Charlie
raised a niece called Molly, who married Luke Skeath, and her
sister, Annie, was raised by Pat Lavery, the breadman, and his
wife. My aunt. Anna McKenna Loughran, was a close fiend of
Molly’s in their younger days ans Anna spent a lot of time in
E.J Neeson P.C. & Merchant: Had a big shop directly opposite
where McMahons shop is now. It was hardware and grocery, but
they also had drapery and Undertaker. Dan took over and Benny
Hackett was working there too. The Neeson family moved to
Oriel Park when the shop closed and McKennas purchased the
shop building. Mrs. Neeson ( Eddie’s wife) was a Delaney and
the Delaneys lived next door in what is now Flynns. When
Professor Brendan O’Grady first came to Emyvale with his wife
in mid 50’s (she was a Delaney and was looking up her
ancestors) Seamus Mc Cluskey directed them to Benny Hackett
and they went to the Delaney grave in Donagh old graveyard.
This was the beginning of what we now see as the Prince
Edward Island connection and subsequent twinning et al. Benny
told story of collecting load of coffins (nor sure from where) but
coming into village at “Shaws Corner” on a very frosty road, the
coffins (empty) went one way and the horse and cart the other.
They also had a source of coffins in Dundalk.
Ed. McCormack, grocery and Spirit merchant: This was one
of three pubs in the village. It was where John’s place is now.
The McCormack family moved to County Kildare and some locals
have maintained contact with family members through the
years. Eoin McMahon purchased and developed the McCormack
pub. He then built the Emyvale Inn (The Red Star Inn) on
McCormack’s Green, which was a grassed area beside the pub.
This area was the location of the Emyvale Carnival where a big
marquee was erected and the major bands performed at the
dances every night for over a week. The Pub and Inn were sold
and the present John Plaice was built. It was the Greenmount
restaurant originally. It is now, in 2020, closed and that is a pity
as Emyvale is an Ideal location for a good restaurant as there is
so much through traffic.
Luke Skeath, Coal Merchant and Potato exporter: He used the
Store belonging to Charles McCluskey on the Glaslough Road
but also the stores where Hollands have a yard opposite Pauls.
He married a niece of Charles McCluskey and moved to
Monaghan and Old Cross Square.
Peter McMahon, Merchant: Yes he was my father and when
in his teens he became very attached to a Hughes family who
had a shop where Aine Sheehan lives and a travelling shop. He
took over the business and built a wooden structure, where the
Credit Union is now, and opened a shop there as well as going
round the country in his pony and trap selling goods and buying
eggs. However World War 11, when things were scarce,
including money, he had to close as it was impossible to get
paid. The shop was bought by Mr. McGlone, a local auctioneer
and it became his office. The Credit Union bought it in the late
‘60’s and some time later built the present offices.
Jas. P. Holland, Cycle Mechanic: No relation to the present
Holland family, James Holland had a bicycle shop where the
Golden Emerald Chinese Take-away is now. There was the
father, mother and son and they repaired bicycles and sold new
ones. They spoke with an English/Scottish accent. They lived at
the back of the shop but later built a bungalow beside the shop
where the entrance to the housing estate, Scarna Court, is now.
When Jim, the son, was the only one left and the shop had been
closed Jack Donaghue bought the property. Jim was a lovely
man but had some rare pursuits e.g. he used walk about the
street with a huge transistor radio on his shoulder at full
volume, or he had a ring on a piece of string to help him divine
a water source. He loved chatting to people and could discuss
Mrs. J McCluskey, Restaurant: This building has very much
retained the same architecture as it was then and is occupied by
Nancy McCluskey and family. Former Mrs. McCluskey had a B&B
there and many Garda, custom men, teachers, and others were
lodgers in that B & B. It was also a great place for a good meal
and many passing through the village stopped there for food. It
was known as ‘McCluskey’s Hotel’ and was the location for many
meetings of local organisations. This is the house where Seamus
was born and reared with a sister, Josie. Patsy was born in
Cavanmore, in the parish of Errigal Truicha, on, according to his
birth certs lst June, the 6th June and 31st May 1921!!! Officially
he had to give 6th June as his date of birth, but his mother
always insisted it was lst June.. Usually the father went to
register the child, so often errors on dates did occur..
T. J. Wright, Spirit Merchant: There were more than three
Pubs in Emyvale in the early days but Thomas James Wright’s
was one of the three to survive. It is now Paul’s and previously
belonged to the McCaffrey family. Packie McCaffrey and brother
Francie developed the pub, when they took it over and they also
started a Concrete Block making business in the yard. T.J. and
wife built a new bungalow beside Hollands bungalow opposite
the Oratory and lived there until they passed away. When
Thomas James died Mrs Wright used give he her blue Morris
Minor car to go to Mass in Corracrin every Sunday. I was mid
teens and didnt have a car but had a licence.
Mrs. McElmeel: This lady is reported in the 1939 list as ‘spirits
and grocery’. I take it that she was the mother of Margaret
(Maggie), who became McMahon when she married Eoin and
they were parents of Monica, Mai, and Rosemary. and lived in
‘The Gaelic Bar’, now known as The Redboys. Got a little more
information re. this family and the Pub but would like to
complete the story before I paste it here.
Packie Hughes: Had a butcher shop, where Susan has the
Hairdressing today. He lived out in Corlattalon and brought the
meat in to the shop with a pony and cart. He always parcelled
your purchase in paper and tied it with string and I always loved
to watch him tying the string and then with a flick of the hand
he was able to break the string off the roll - no knife or scissors
needed there. Packie was brother of John and Ned.
I am now going to post a number of people names on the 1939
list as living in the village but I have no information on them -
so I need your help, especially with all the ‘retired school
Mrs. A McKenna: Retired School Teacher? John McKenna, born
in Moy, Errigal Truagh, and granduncle to Caitríona McKenna. He
joined the R.I.C. and while stationed in Co. Meath he met and
married Alice Geraghty, a Primary School Teacher from Co.
Meath. They married in Dublin in 1898. Because he married a
Co. Meath girl, John was then transferred to Co. Westmeath,
where he was stationed in Mullingar and then in Delvin. He
retired in 1907 and returned to Emyvale, where he bought a
house in Cornacrieve – the first two storey house as one leaves
Emyvale for Monaghan on the lefthand side. John died there in
1927. When John and Alice moved to Emyvale with 6 of their 7
children, Alice got a job teaching in Corracrin. After John’s death
Alice bought a house in Emyvale. You have a picture of the
house with a VW parked outside it (Colye’s). She lived in the
Emyvale house until she died in 1951. By that time her
daughter Lily, who had married Tommy Coyle, Killybreen, Errigal
Truagh in 1940, was teaching in Killyrean N.S. Lily and Tommy
had one daughter Mary who died in the 1980’s.
John Holland: Postman? Born in Emyvale, and father of Nora
McCionna. Nora told me once that she was related to me
through the Hollands.? Not sure where he lived in Emyvale but
could have been opposite the High House. I have been informed
that John Holland built the house now occupied by Joan
McQuaid. One person said that he and the family lived there. If
that is so they also lived on Main Street, where the late Lizzie
McKenna lived, and that has been verified by Nora. My mother,
Maggie Jo McMahon, was Godmother to John Holland’s son, Joe
and she had a sewing room in their house on Main Street.
Miss Devlin, ex-school teacher? I presume that this lady was a
Principal in Corracrin prior to Master Kelly?
Miss O’Callaghan: ex-maternity nurse?
Miss Neeson,: Maternity Nurse? What was her name and was
she related to Dan Neeson above?
Chas. McKenna: Flax Mill? Would they have what became
Maguires and where did Charles live?
P. McEntee: Retired School Teacher? He was related to Bishop
Duffy, possibly, and taught in Deravoy NS. Was he any relation
to the McEntee family, who built the house where the O’Doherty
H. Wright: Retired Civil Servant? Would this man be connected
to the Wrights who owned the High House?
Wm. Hendry: Another ‘eating house’ or ‘Dining Rooms’ on Main
Street which is next door to Scarna Inn. It is a very important
house as I am supposed to have been born there. In earlier
times it was two houses but Hendrys made it into one. Willie
worked with the Council, and there were three children - Nancy
(a Nurse) who emigrated to England; Sean - the terrific
footballer, tall with a great pair of hands. He also emigrated to
England and passed away a couple of years ago. The other
sister, Molly, was married to a man called Begley, and lived in
W. Amberson: William John Amberson was born in Emyvale on
8th August 1888. His father was also William John Amberson
and his mother was Ann Jane Patterson. They were married in
Belfast in 1887. William Senior was already stationed in
Emyvale as a Sergeant in the RIC. The 1901 census shows Ann
working as sub-postmistress in Emyvale. The 1911 census
shows William Senior as Retired Sergeant, his wife Ann as sub-
postmistress and her daughter Annie, from a previous marriage,
as Post Office Assistant. Their son William, then 22, was living in
Newtownards with his Aunt, and working as a carpenter. In
1919, the daughter Annie married Robert Wright, Glaslough, a
business official, son of George Wright, a farmer. In 1938,
William Amberson's mother died age 85, and his father died in
1943 age 83. Thanks Norah
1. Did William return to work in Emyvale post office after
his mother died?
2. I cannot see any record of his death. --- Can you add to
James McKenna: Drapery.??
Where Sean and Susie Mc Kenna now live – A Master
Gallagher was a Donegal man (Gaoth Dobhair) and he became
Principal of Deravoy NS after the departure of Master Hanrahan
in the early 1970s. He had indifferent health and his stay ended
in the late 1970s (76-77) and Ursula O'Hanlon became Principal
teacher. I havent worked out where he fits in to the list of
dwellers in this house. He was possibly related to the Gallaghers
Newsagent in Dublin Street. I think Ned and Mrs.Hughes lived
before they moved to the bungalow. Then Master Cassidy and
family lived there when he taught in Aughmackalin and they
subsequently moved to Carrickmacross. I think Gilmores lived
there for a period before they moved to the Glaslough Road.
Then Susie Mc Mahon lived there before Mc Garveys ( Cassie
was a sister of Jim Hughes Oriel Park) but I think Cassie was
dead at the time they came to live there (80’s)?(Maeve)
We will add to this list by degrees, if people are interested but in
the meantime I would be delighted if you could add your
memories or correct my information, where it does not agree
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Contributors to date: Thanks to Marie Murphy, Norah
Ryan, Nancy McCluskey, Meadbh Hackett, Paddy Flood,
David Callaghan. Caitríona McKenna
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